Alfajores - a guest post at Family Foodie

9.03.2012


This guest post is really a treat for me. The idea of sharing one of my heritage recipes with Isabel, from Family Foodie and her audience, is something to get me excited. She and I met through the incredible movement she started to bring people around the family table, called Sunday Supper. Of course, if you´re reading this, you probably know about that. And you know what a positive, warm person she is. It comes through in her blog.
So I wanted to share something that would talk about my background and my kitchen today. This recipe is for alfajores. If you´re not familiar with the name, it´s a cookie sandwich. Two cornstarch cookies held together with a good dose of dulce de leche.

Please go over to Isabel´s blog, enjoy all of her great recipes, especially her heritage Portuguese ones; I know you´ll become a fan.
Of course I hope you make and enjoy this recipe for alfajores, you won´t be disappointed.
Thanks again Isabel for taking the time to share this post, and to all of you for taking the time to read it.




15 comments:

  1. wow-wee. in australia, you can buy tinned caramel as 'top n fill' the closest thing to dulce de leche. i have a tine lurking in my pantry so this has given me some wonderful inspiration - thank you!

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    1. I think good caramel will work perfectly well here!

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  2. I love these cookies and I am honored to host your post on my site. Thank you for all that you do to make #SundaySupper special. Love having you in our group and getting to know you.

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  3. so nice you did a guest post for Isabel. Alfajores are a favorite of mine. Luckily, I can find them at a nice coffee shop whose owners are from Argentina. These look so good!

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    1. Florida has so many great places to get south american stuff!

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  4. That looks like an incredible guest post my friend *drools* ;)
    Off to check it out!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  5. I can't wait to see how you make these delicious looking gems! Off to read your guest post, Paula :)

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  6. I love Alfajores and have been dying to make them..LIKE forever! I'm definitely going to shoot on over to Isabel's blog and check it out!! They look awesome!

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  7. I love alfajores! Heading over now . . . :-)

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  8. Paula, I have heard about these cookies before but I never actually made them. Your version looks picture perfect and like a perfect cookie to enjoy while sipping a wonderful cup of hot tea.I am sure that I would love to eat them!

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  9. Hi, Paula,

    I waited to comment because I knew I was going to be making these! I had my first alfajores in San Francisco this past spring and loved them. I just finished my first batch to send to a friend who is not feeling well - I filled them with jam for easier travel in the post. (I was afraid the dulce de leche might not be good unrefrigerated!) Naturally, I had to try them and they are wonderful! Can't wait to try them with dulce de leche. I wasn't sure that the cornstarch was the same as in the U.S. (someone told me maizena was what I wanted) but it worked like a dream - the dough was perfect. Thank you so much for sharing this with us via Isabel! ~ David

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    1. David, Maizena is the brand, it really is cornstarch. And dulce de leche keeps without a problem. It´s basically cooked sugar and milk so the worst is can happen over time is that it would crystallize but not go bad. I keep mine at room tº. But, depending on the texture of the jam, it can get a bit runny at room tº. I´m so glad you tried them!

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    2. Paula - thanks for clarifying the cornstarch question! Next time I will definitely use dulce de leche. And there WILL be a next time very soon as these were so delicious.

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  10. How did I miss this post Paula? Yum, these alfajores look incredible! I will definitely try your recipe next time, the shortbread looks perfectly crumbly and the nuts around the outside look divine xx

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